The Olympic flame is seen as a symbol of peace and hope. For the host nation, the Olympic flame, lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia, Greece, is one of the most powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement, and will be carried around the nation by a relay of torchbearers (TBs). The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay is gHope Lights Our Way.h As it unites the people around a message of supporting, accepting and encouraging one another, the Olympic flame will symbolise the sunrise of a new era, spreading the hope that will light our way.
|¡Concept:||Hope Lights Our Way|
|¡Schedule:||26 March (Thu.) - 24 July (Fri.) 2020 (121 days, including travelling days)|
|¡Locations:||47 prefectures (excluding the flame lighting ceremony in Greece)|
|¡Hosted by:||The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee|
|¡Co-hosted by:||The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Prefecture Task Forces|
|¡Partners:||Partner companies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay|
The Torch Relay will begin with the flame lighting ceremony in Greece. The Olympic flame will then be transported to Japan, where prior to the Relay itself, it will be specially displayed in three prefectures in the Tohoku region, symbolizing a Flame of Recovery for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. After that, the Torch Relay will begin, as the Olympic flame is carried across Japan.
|12 March (Thu.) 2020||Flame Lighting Ceremony in Olympia, Greece|
|12 March (Thu.) - 19 March (Thu.) 2020||Greek leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay (8 days)|
|19 March (Thu.) 2020||Flame Hand-over Ceremony in Athens, Greece|
|20 March (Fri./holiday) 2020||The flame arrives at Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi Prefecture|
|20 March (Fri.) - 21 March (Sat.) 2020||Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Miyagi Prefecture|
|22 March (Sun.) - 23 March (Mon.) 2020||Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Iwate Prefecture|
|24 March (Tue.) - 25 March (Wed.) 2020||Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Fukushima Prefecture|
|26 March (Thu.) 2020||Japanese leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay starts from Fukushima Prefecture|
|1||Fukushima Prefecture||26 March (Thu.) - 28 March (Sat.) 2020|
|2||Tochigi Prefecture||29 March (Sun.) - 30 March (Mon.) 2020|
|3||Gunma Prefecture||31 March (Tue.) - 1 April (Wed.) 2020|
|4||Nagano Prefecture||2 April (Thu.) - 3 April (Fri.) 2020|
|5||Gifu Prefecture||4 April (Sat.) - 5 April (Sun.) 2020|
|6||Aichi Prefecture||6 April (Mon.) - 7 April (Tue.) 2020|
|7||Mie Prefecture||8 April (Wed.) - 9 April (Thu.) 2020|
|8||Wakayama Prefecture||10 April (Fri.) - 11 April (Sat.) 2020|
|9||Nara Prefecture||12 April (Sun.) - 13 April (Mon.) 2020|
|10||Osaka Prefecture||14 April (Tue.) - 15 April (Wed.) 2020|
|11||Tokushima Prefecture||16 April (Thu.) - 17 April (Fri.) 2020|
|12||Kagawa Prefecture||18 April (Sat.) - 19 April (Sun.) 2020|
|13||Kochi Prefecture||20 April (Mon.) - 21 April (Tue.) 2020|
|14||Ehime Prefecture||22 April (Wed.) - 23 April (Thu.) 2020|
|15||Oita Prefecture||24 April (Fri.) - 25 April (Sat.) 2020|
|16||Miyazaki Prefecture||26 April (Sun.) - 27 April (Mon.) 2020|
|17||Kagoshima Prefecture||28 April (Tue.) - 29 April (Wed.) 2020|
|18||Okinawa Prefecture||May 2 (Sat.) - May 3 (Sun.) 2020|
|19||Kumamoto Prefecture||May 6 (Wed.) - May 7 (Thu.) 2020|
|20||Nagasaki Prefecture||May 8 (Fri.) - May 9 (Sat.) 2020|
|21||Saga Prefecture||May 10 (Sun.) - May 11 (Mon.) 2020|
|22||Fukuoka Prefecture||May 12 (Tue.) - May 13 (Wed.) 2020|
|23||Yamaguchi Prefecture||May 14 (Thu.) - May 15 (Fri.) 2020|
|24||Shimane Prefecture||May 16 (Sat.) - May 17 (Sun.) 2020|
|25||Hiroshima Prefecture||18 May (Mon.) - 19 May (Tue.) 2020|
|26||Okayama Prefecture||20 May (Wed.) - 21 May (Thu.) 2020|
|27||Tottori Prefecture||22 May (Fri.) - 23 May (Sat.) 2020|
|28||Hyogo Prefecture||24 May (Sun.) - 25 May (Mon.) 2020|
|29||Kyoto Prefecture||26 May (Tue.) - 27 May (Wed.) 2020|
|30||Shiga Prefecture||28 May (Thu.) - 29 May (Fri.) 2020|
|31||Fukui Prefecture||30 May (Sat.) - 31 May (Sun.) 2020|
|32||Ishikawa Prefecture||1 June (Mon.) - 2 June (Tue.) 2020|
|33||Toyama Prefecture||3 June (Wed.) - 4 June (Thu.) 2020|
|34||Niigata Prefecture||5 June (Fri.) - 6 June (Sat.) 2020|
|35||Yamagata Prefecture||7 June (Sun.) - 8 June (Mon.) 2020|
|36||Akita Prefecture||9 June (Tue.) - 10 June (Wed.) 2020|
|37||Aomori Prefecture||11 June (Thu.) - 12 June (Fri.) 2020|
|38||Hokkaido||14 June (Sun.) - 15 June (Mon.) 2020|
|39||Iwate Prefecture||17 June (Wed.) - 19 June (Fri.) 2020|
|40||Miyagi Prefecture||20 June (Sat.) - 22 June (Mon.) 2020|
|41||Shizuoka Prefecture||24 June (Wed.) - 26 June (Fri.) 2020|
|42||Yamanashi Prefecture||27 June (Sat.) - 28 June (Sun.) 2020|
|43||Kanagawa Prefecture||29 June (Mon.) - 1 July (Wed.) 2020|
|44||Chiba Prefecture||2 July (Thu.) - 4 July (Sat.) 2020|
|45||Ibaraki Prefecture||5 July (Sun.) - 6 July (Mon.) 2020|
|46||Saitama Prefecture||7 July (Tue.) - 9 July (Thu.) 2020|
|47||Tokyo||10 July (Fri.) - 24 July (Fri.) 2020|
Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs will be selected either through public offering or recommendations by the Prefecture Task Forces (PTFs), Olympic Torch Relay partners and others, in accordance with the concept of the Torch Relay, gHope Lights Our Way,h and will play a role in spreading this message to a wide audience.
Nippon Life Insurance Company will conduct a public offering, as noted below, for TBs to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.
|¡Recruiting Period:||24 June (Mon.) - 31 August (Sat.) 2019|
|¡Recruiting Entity:||Nippon Life Insurance Company|
|¡How to Apply:||Access the pre-application form on the Nippon Life Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and enter your personal information, requested prefecture, need for accommodation, and tell us about an important person to you, using anecdotes about your relationship with them and any other relevant information. We will use this information to decide who will pass the pre-application stage.|
|¡Those selected will be contacted with the results of the Pre-selection Process and details of the Secondary Selection Process before the 30 September, 2019.|
|¡Nomination Process:||Nippon Life Insurance Company will nominate applicants based on the information provided by them, and present them to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, which will choose Torchbearers from the nominees.|
|¡Announcement of Nomination:||
Nippon Life Insurance Company will contact the nominated TBs from the beginning of December, 2019. Subsequently, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will send an official nomination notification to them, which notification shall serve as an announcement of their nominations.
Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contact those selected with details of their individual paths sometime after mid-February, 2020.
Note that those applicants not nominated will not be notified. However, in the event of an opening for a TB within two weeks prior to the TBfs scheduled run, previous applicants may be selected to move into that slot. In that event, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will notify the individual of their nomination.
Those wishing to apply as TBs must fulfill the following basic requirements.
The basic approach of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee in the nomination of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs is as follows:
The following is an explanation of information that will be requested in either the Pre-application or the Secondary Application.
Write the prefecture in which you wish to run, and information about your involvement with that prefecture.
Write the applicantfs name, gender, date of birth, nationality, address listed on the residence certificate, telephone number, e-mail address, language, occupation, name and address of workplace, school, etc. Write a nickname only if the applicant is widely known by a common name other than their given name. For gender, Japanese nationals should write the gender listed on their family register; non-Japanese nationals should write the gender listed on their passport.
Write the name, gender, date of birth, telephone number (a mobile phone number if one is available), e-mail address and address of someone who can be contacted on the day of the run in the event of an emergency, along with their relationship to the applicant.
For applicants who will be under the age of 18 as of 1 March 2020, write the name, gender, date of birth, telephone number, e-mail address and address of a parent or guardian, along with their relationship to the applicant and their consent to having the applicant run.
After reviewing the gBasic Requirements for TB Applicantsh and the gBasic Approach to TB Nominationh, write the applicantfs self-introduction and reason for applying as a TB.
Also select a field that aligns with the self-introduction and reason for applying from among the gFive Pillarsh of the gAction & Legacy Planh established by the Tokyo 2020.
Note: See the bottom of this page for details about the gAction & Legacy Planh and the fields (gFive Pillarsh).
Provide any other information about yourself that explains why you think you should be chosen.
Explain what you hope to accomplish as a Torchbearer.
Refer to the chart below and write the size of shirt and pants to be supplied as the TBfs uniform. Note that in some cases, uniforms may not be available in the size requested.
(All sizes are Unisex / measurements are in "cm")
Please include any information regarding the applicant's ability to run alone, any special needs that they have, any physical concerns about participating, or any other information that may impact the applicant's participation. Also please indicate whether the applicant requires the assistance of an escort or caregiver, and if so, that person's name, gender, date of birth, and address.